The Dubai Police can have all the exotic supercars in the world, but as far as police forces across the United States are concerned, Ford Police Interceptor vehicles are the best rides to have if you're in the law-enforcement business. According to the American carmaker, its police-vehicle sales grew 48% in 2013, while industry police-car sales increased by 22%.
Ford is truly taking its police-car division seriously. Not only has it equipped many of its police vehicles with standard all-wheel drive, it now has made available its police cars in two body styles: sedan and SUV. Its previous police cars were strictly in sedan form (Crown Victoria).
"We revolutionized our police vehicle lineup with three key changes that differentiate us from the competition," explains Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford's police marketing manager. "The new utility vehicle body style meets officers' growing storage needs; standard all-wheel drive for most models is an industry-first that provides greater mobility and security; plus, expanding the range of EcoBoost engines gives law enforcement agencies more options to suit their needs."
Ford says the Police Interceptor SUV was the best-selling police vehicle in the US last year. It also accounted for 60% of all Ford Police Interceptor sales.
What's under the hood of these bad boys?
The Police Interceptor sedan and SUV are now available with Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, rated at 365hp and 475Nm. The sedan can also be equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 240hp and 366Nm.
One thing's for sure: These police cars are functional, unlike those made-for-PR exotic cop cars in Dubai. With these vehicles, the crooks really have nowhere to run.